Gallery: Stabilized Insulated Rammed Earth (SIRE) Walls Last a Lifetime...

Inhabitat reader Nadia Gilles sent us a few images of projects that have been constructed using an amazing eco-friendly building system - SIREWALL - and we're excited to share them with you. SIREWALL is a high performance rammed earth building system that makes earth architecture a viable alternative to other less eco-friendly construction methods. In 2008 the World Architectural Festival awarded a category prize to the Nk’Mip Desert Culture Centre in Canada, which was built entirely out of this incredible material. More details after the jump, along with a fascinating video produced by SIREWALL that depicts the environmental impact of building an ordinary home.

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  1. Tafline Laylin April 21, 2014 at 11:08 am

    Hi Don, thanks for your comment. Please feel free to contact the developers directly for more information.

  2. Don Duncan April 19, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    Just an ad for a product. I wanted info as a owner-builder. What does it mean to “wrap it around the insulation”?

  3. RE Wall Builder December 26, 2011 at 2:24 pm

    It is not just the insulation, which has an R-value of 20-25, or the superior detailing that eliminates the thermal bridging associated with conventional buildings, which results in the high performance of an stabilized-insulated rammed earth building. The interstitial insulation creates a high mass interior that stores heat exceedingly well. This results in a naturally “warm in winter” and “cool in summer” structure no matter how severe the climate. These walls are healthy, durable, engineered for earthquakes, extremely beautiful and will actually save significant money in reduced energy consumption. The North American Rammed Earth Builders Association (, a leader in rammed earth research, is a nonprofit committed to assisting design professionals and others interested in learning more about the many advantages of modern rammed earth buildings. This is an ancient and sustainable way of building that has been crafted to meet the requirements of our modern construction and energy codes.

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